According to recent rumors, the Pixel Watch 2 is expected to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon W5 platform, built on a 4nm process. This powerful chip includes four Cortex-A53 CPU cores with a clock speed of 1.7GHz, a Cortex-M55 coprocessor, and an Adreno A702 GPU with a clock speed of 1GHz.
The current Pixel Watch runs on Samsung’s last-gen wearable chip, the Exynos 9110, which is known for its poor battery life compared to its competitors. However, with the new Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip, the Pixel Watch 2 is expected to last over 24 hours with the always-on display (AoD) enabled and over two days in a conservative battery mode. In contrast, the current Google Pixel Watch lasts approximately 24 hours with the AoD disabled.
While this is definitely a step in the right direction, some users have voiced disappointment Google didn’t go for the even beefier W5+ chip. Some feel like Google’s too frugal with hardware and relies too much on software updates to fix hardware shortfalls. Still, the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip is a huge upgrade over the current Pixel Watch chip and promises to deliver way better performance and battery life.
The new chipsets is expected to significantly enhance the Pixel Watch 2’s performance and battery life, making it a formidable competitor in the smartwatch market. With the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip, the Pixel Watch 2 will likely be able to handle more demanding tasks and support a range of new features.